How to Know Nothing

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A couple of months ago I started a new job as a product manager at Stack Overflow. This blog post is about how to know nothing in a new job. It’s about that whiplash-like experience of going from confidently knowing everything there is to know about your work to coming to a grinding to halt so you can start all over again from scratch. Okay, maybe it’s not so dramatic as that, but the insecure feelings I was having inspired me to ask for advice from my Twitter followers: Keep Reading...

Product Management as an Episode of Black Mirror

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Being a product manager on a small remote, distributed team reminds me a lot of the Black Mirror episode, Be Right Back. In this episode of the sci-fi anthology series, a woman uses an AI service to bring back her recently deceased partner. She does so by uploading all of their text messages, emails, voicemails, and any other computer-mediated conversation she shared with him to the, uhh, Cloud I suppose. Keep Reading...

How to Amass Engineering Knowledge as a Product Manager

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For about the past two years, I’ve been a product manager at Kaggle where I work on our public data platform as well as (more recently) our Google Cloud Platform integrations team. Lately I’ve had the opportunity to do quite a bit of reflection on my career thanks in part to having a mentee (being a mentor is awesome!). The other day she asked me how I “amassed as much engineering knowledge as I have”. Keep Reading...